Outdoor Industry Climate Leadership Summit

May 25-25, 2018 - Telluride Mountainfilm Festival


Last Memorial Day, leaders from across the outdoor industry gathered to explore the challenges related to climate change and to help define tangible business actions both on the advocacy and mitigation fronts. Ultimately many attendees signed the first ever CEO Pledge  and began taking meaningful action in the fight against climate change. Join OIA, industry leaders and climate experts in Telluride, CO for an an afternoon and evening of education and action on the planet’s most important issue.


Friday 5/25

1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Climate Change Action Workshop

Hotel Madeline, Telluride Mountain Village

The health of the outdoor industry is inexorably tied to the health of our planet. We know that we must advocate for effective climate policy while also reducing the impact of our business on the environment. But for many outdoor businesses, knowing where to start, what to do, and how to make an immediate difference can be baffling. Learn how to approach the challenges of global warming using scalable strategies that work – whether you’re an executive, sustainability or marketing professional, brand athlete or ambassador, or social influencer.

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Introductory Comments, Set the Stage for Climate Change

Henry Fountain, Climate Reporter, The New York Times

1:15 pm - 1:25 pm
Welcome: Why Outdoor Industry Needs to Lead on Climate

Explanation of three ‘How-To’ Sessions: Messaging, Policy, and Corporate Responsibility

Amy Roberts, Outdoor Industry Association and Mario Molina, Protect Our Winters

1:25 pm - 1:50 pm
Keynote Address

Tom Steyer, NextGen America (Invited)

1:50 pm - 2:00 pm
3:00 pm - 3:25 pm
Climate in Sustainable Business: Science Based Targets

Nikki Hodgson, Outdoor Industry Association

The Science Based Targets initiative is a partnership between CDPUN Global CompactWRI and WWF, which helps companies determine how much they must cut emissions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. The transition to a low-carbon economy is underway and accelerating globally. Currently, 355 companies are taking science-based climate action and 91 companies have approved science-based targets. Leading businesses recognize the opportunity – and the imperative – to be part of the solution. Find out why setting a science-based target provides a clear pathway to future-proof growth and hear from outdoor industry companies who have committed to Science Based Targets.

3:25 pm - 3:35 pm
3:35 pm - 4:15 pm
Time to Take Action

Protect Our Winters & Outdoor Industry Association

  • Messaging Action: Draft a statement on how your brand would talk about climate in its unique voice
  • Policy Action: Contact your state’s Public Utilities Commission to start a conversation around clean energy
  • Sustainable Business Action: Connect OIA to the contact in your company to work on Science Based Targets

4:15 pm - 4:40 pm
Keynote Speaker

Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

Governor Inslee has been involved in public service since 1985 and has a strong record of taking climate change action. Read more about Governor Inslee.

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Evening BOOZE & BANTER: What Happened to (This) Winter?

Liberty Bar, Telluride

The 2017-18 winter in southwest Colorado will be one for the record books – and not in a good way. The late snowfall and shallow snowpack have impacted business, diminished runoff and amplified drought conditions. Join us for a lively discussion relating the impacts of unpredictable winters on outdoor business to the science behind the causes.

Moderator: Conrad Anker

Panelists: Eric Dalton – Owner, Jagged Edge Mountain Gear, Gordon Seabury – CEO, Toad&Co, Jeff Derry – Executive Director, Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies, Hillaree O’Neill – Ski Mountaineer / POW athlete / Climate Activist (invited), Pete Wagner – Wagner Custom Skis (invited


Discounted premiere passes and lodging for Mountainfilm, May 25-28, 2018 are available to all attendees.






Science Perspective – James Holdren, Former Science Advisor to President Obama; Drew Jones, Co-Director, Climate Interactive; James Balog, Photographer and Star of Chasing Ice

Business Perspective – Chris Miller, Ben and Jerry’s Social Mission Activism Manager; Dan Tishman, Tishman Construction Chairman and CEO; Letitia Webster,  VF Corporation’s VP of Global Corporate Sustainability

Policy Perspective – Anne Kelly, BICEP—Business for Innovative Energy and Climate Policy Senior Director of Policy; Jon Goldin-Dubois, Western Resources Advocates President, and other experts invited.